Melanie L. Harris

Melanie L. Harris

Professor
Religion
Beasley Hall 307

m.l.harris@tcu.edu | 817-257-6959

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Education

Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York - Christian Social Ethics (2006)
MA, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York - Religious Ethics (2004)
M.Div., Iliff School of Theology - Ethics and News Media (2001)
BA, Spelman College - English and Sacred Music (1997)

Courses Taught

Understanding Religion Ethics and Values
African American Religion (Black Religion)
News Media and Religion
Women, Race and Earth Ecowomanism
Christian Ethics
Womanist Ethics

Areas of Focus

Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Ethics, Interreligious Dialogue, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, Environmental Ethics, Ecowomanism

Gifts of Virtue, Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics (Palgrave, 2010)

Faith, Feminism and Scholarship: The Next Generation (Palgrave, 2011)

Ecowomanism: African American Women’s Earth Honoring Faith (Orbis press, 2017)

Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology Special Issue: Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths Guest Editor (Brill, 2016)

“In the Company of Friends: Womanist Readings of Buddhist Poems” in Buddhist- Christian Studies, Hawai’i: The University of Hawai’i Press Volume 36, 2016: 3-8

“Ecowomanism: Black Women, Religion, and the Environment“ in The Black Scholar, New York: Routledge Publishing, Volume 46, 2016: 27-39

“Roundtable Women of Color in the Religious Studies Classroom: Silent Scripts and Contested Spaces” by Melanie L. Harris, Carolyn Medine and Helen Rhee in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Indiana: The Indiana University Press, Volume 32, 2016:110-114

“Ecowomanism: Black Women, Religion, and the Environment“ in The Black Scholar, New York: Routledge Publishing, Volume 46, 2016: 27-39

“Academic Leadership and Inclusive Excellence” University of Northern Michigan, October 2017

“EarthKeeping Summit Keynote Address” Ecowomanism, Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, September 2017

“Ecowomanism: Contemplative Pedagogies For Such a Time As This Keynote Address” Association of Contemplative Mind and Society October 2016

“Flint Water Crisis, Environmental Racism and African American Environmental Religious History” Green Faith Black Church Studies and Environmental Justice Scholar, Webinar February 18, 2016

“African American Environmental History” Green Faith Black Church Studies and Environmental Justice Scholar, Webinar February 23, 2014

“Black Lives Matters Social Movement Organizing and Teaching Environmental Justice” American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA November 23, 2016

“Womanist Contemplative Pedagogy” Minding The Field Exploring and Expanding Women and Gender Studies in North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX October 29, 2015

“African American Environmental History and Climate Change: Linking Social Justice with Earth Justice” Samuel De Witt Proctor Conference, Norfolk, VA, February 1-12, 2014

“Eco-Memory and the Great Migration” National Women’s Studies Association, Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, November 8, 2014

“African American Environmental History and the Civil Rights Movement” American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD November 23, 2014

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, Academic Leadership Programs, 2015
  • AAR Academic Leadership
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Academic Leadership Certificate
  • AddRan College of Liberal Arts Administrative Fellow
  • AAR Board of Directors Award for Academic Leadership
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Society of the Study of Black Religion Association of Contemplative Mind and Society
  • Courage for Care
  • Foundation of Active Compassion
  • KERA-TV/Radio
  • American Academy of Religion (Board of Directors)
  • Society of Christian Ethics (Board of Directors)
  • Ford Foundation, Academic Consultant
  • Forum for Theological Exploration, Consultant
  • Southern Methodist University, Summer Academy Faculty and Consultant
  • KERA-TV Board of Directors